27 Vollmer Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
Office: (814) 834 - 1332
PA HIC# 036251
TAR & CHIP GUIDELINES__________________________________________________________
YOUR TAR AND CHIP SURFACE
The great news about your tar and chip surface is that is virtually maintenance free! But no roadway surface is truly maintenance-free. In order to help maintain the life of your tar and chip surface we are providing some information and recommendations for its care. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! You can view these guidelines anytime on our website.
Tar and Chip needs a little time to bond. You will be able to drive on your surface immediately but please stay cautious for the first few weeks and drive slower than usual. Driving over the surface area helps the chips and tar bond. The more layers of tar and chip, the more permanent your surface will be. Since it will take months for the tar and chip to fully bond it is important to avoid the following:
Weeds: On the first couple layers of tar and chip you may still get weeds growing through the driveway. This is normal! You will need to use weed killer on these spots or pick them out. The more shaded your driveway, the more likely this may happen. The more layers of tar and chip you have on your driveway, the less chance of this happening.
Snow Removal: If you use a plow truck or snow blower you will want to be careful not to dig up the stones or the driveway. We recommend NOT plowing the first snow so this can be compacted and used as a “protector”. Keep the plow 1 inch above the surface. Remaining snow will melt and drain through the surface.